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The word 'permaculture', coined by Australians Bill Mollison and David Holmgren during the 1970s, is both permanent agriculture and permanent culture. However, the concept is evolving... As with Life Coaching, its harvest of wisdom is growing as it addresses our changing situation and our urgent need for sustainability.

Permaculture means designing robust, flexible, living systems. It has primarily been applied to gardening and always draws inspiration from ecological systems and Nature's patterns. But its vision comes from the urgent need to redevelop sustainability in both small, local, individual ways, and national and global ways. It plans the creation of productive and sustainable lifestyles by integrating ecology, landscape, organic gardening, architecture and agroforestry. The focus is not on the elements themselves, but rather on the relationships created among them; the whole becomes greater than the sum of its parts. It is both visionary and practical. It is about "reading the Book of Life", recognizing universal patterns and principles, then learning to apply them to the problems at hand.

Think Global Act Local
CARE OF EARTH: Rebuild local sustainability
CARE OF PEOPLE: Rebuild local community

Graphic c/o Graham Burnett

From Permaculture - Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability

1. Observe and Interact - “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”
2. Catch and Store Energy - “Make hay while the sun shines.”
3. Obtain a Yield - “You can't work on an empty stomach.”
4. Apply Self-Regulation and Accept Feedback - “Mistakes are signposts on the road to success.”
5. Use and Value Renewable Resources and Services - “ Let nature take its course.”
6. Produce No Waste - all "waste" is just resources and pieces looking for new uses
7. Design from Patterns to Details - “Can't see the wood for the trees.”
8. Integrate rather than Segregate - “Many hands make light work.”
9. Use Small and Slow Solutions - “The bigger they are, the harder they fall.”
10. Use and Value Diversity - “Don't put all your eggs in one basket.”
11. Use Edges and Value the Marginal - “Don't think you are on the right track just because it is a well-beaten path.”
12. Use and Respond to Change Creatively - “Vision is not seeing things as they are but as they can be.”

Notes of interest for Permaculture

Chief Seattle's famous speech "This Earth is Precious"

Organic Food - why do we need it? - leaflet by R Ling

Permaculture Tea - the Permaculture way of making a cup of tea, compared with the Industrial way - a revealing picture.

Reduce Reuse Recycle - here it's taken to an art form to inspire you

Aronia - used by native Americans to make pemmican (dried meat) because of its astounding and unique health-promoting, flavour-enhancing and preservative properties. Research is now showing that these properties seem to beat those of almost every other edible plant species. It was unknown to European settlers, who called it Chokeberry, because of its astringency. Aronia is a very hardy and vigorous bush, growing in all soil conditions to well over 2 metres and yielding heavy quantities of fruit in clusters of berries. It's an unknown but naturally permacultural plant!


Greening the Desert - Geoff Lawson, Australian permaculturist, turns Dead Sea desert into green orchards - if Jordan, why not all the deserts of the world - and quickly, too?

from letters from Yakub - Yishay Mor: I don't think that the Geoff's youtube video does this project enough justice, it maybe his humility. They even built a pond to raise geese and fish to provide nutrients for the irrigation system. Here and here are the web links describing the project in detail with the more technical aspects of the design process, soil type and nutrient consistency, local plant varieties utilized, crop yields, water management, integrated pest management system, etc...

See the desert research institute at Sde Boker here. The Nabatians mastered desert agriculture a millennium ago, and people are now trying to revive their methods: see here.

Permaculture Explained - UK Permaculture Association


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